Welcome to MCNC's 9th Annual 12 Days of Broadband
The 12 Days of Broadband are back!
From Dec. 5 - Dec. 20, The 12 Days of Broadband features a dozen stories on how broadband positively impacts communities in North Carolina and beyond, as well as previews what’s to come in 2020.
Now in its ninth year, the 12 Days of Broadband showcases how investments in network infrastructure, bandwidth, valued-added services, and security in North Carolina can help ensure citizens are prepared for today’s interconnected economy.
The North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), which today spans 3,908 miles, has provided broadband connectivity to lead North Carolina citizens to the path of success for 35 years. MCNC’s world-class network and operational expertise provide critical internet connectivity and other important networking services for more than 750 community anchor institutions including all 115 K-12 public school districts, many charter and private schools, all 58 community colleges, and more than 50 universities and colleges throughout the state including the 17 campuses of the UNC System, non-profit and public health care facilities, public safety agencies, museums, libraries, and most of the state’s premier research organizations.
The 12 Days of Broadband is all about sharing stories from the community on how broadband technologies has made an impact is the lives of the people we serve. We hope you enjoy it.
You can follow and participate in the 12 Days of Broadband all month long on social media using #MCNC12Days or on Twitter at @MCNC.
Happy Holidays from MCNC!
The new year promises to be a time of change, collaboration and progress. During this holiday season of joy and gratitude, MCNC President and CEO Jean Davis takes a moment to thank MCNC staff and clients for another awesome year of hard work, fun, vision, and commitment. Read more
How would you like to learn about presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and George Washington directly from National Park Service rangers and presidential historians live and online? With the Presidential Primary Sources Project, historians bring together interactive presentations online that tell the story of the American presidency like no other project before it. Read more
The National Science Foundation announced in September a $20 million collaborative project to create a platform for testing novel architectures that could enable a faster, more secure Internet. With leadership from researchers at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), UNC Chapel Hill and its partners will be working over the next four years to build a platform called FABRIC, to provide a nationwide testbed for reimagining how data can be stored, computed and moved through shared infrastructure. Read more
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper launched the Connecting NC Task Force in 2019 so government leaders could better identify and remove barriers to affordable high-speed Internet access, eliminate the homework gap that results from students not having Internet access, and facilitate private-sector deployment of last-mile infrastructure. The creation of the task force followed specific recommendations the governor laid out in his budget that also included grant funding through the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) program. Read more
The MCNC marketing team unveils upgrades to branding and service line logos as well as new marketing materials in 2019. These are just a few of the areas MCNC embarked on this year to showcase the new brand and provide valuable information to current and future clients. And, there is more to come in 2020! Read more
The North Carolina Telehealth Network Association (NCTNA) assumed administrative responsibilities from the Cabarrus Health Alliance to oversee operations of the North Carolina Telehealth Network (NCTN) in 2019. Now as a certified non-profit, the FCC has recognized the association as a consortium leader to support public and non-profit healthcare providers in North Carolina. The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) also recognized the NCTNA in October as a recipient of their first-ever Anchor Award. Read more
The Internet is an indispensable part of our daily work and life. However, access to this vast resource is sometimes taken for granted as not all individuals have consistent access to it. On the sixth day of the 12 Days of Broadband, we explore how MCNC is continuing to power broadband adoption, access, and use in public libraries all across North Carolina. Read more
The 2019 edition of The Quilt Circle was released in June and showcased 24 amazing stories from R&E networks throughout the United States – including MCNC. Read more
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appointed two community leaders to the MCNC Board of Directors earlier this year, and Dr. A. Hope Williams was named the new board chair for 2019. Read more
MCNC celebrated the 35th anniversary of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) and recognized two technology leaders for their contributions to connectivity in North Carolina during NCREN Community Day 2019 in November at Durham Convention Center. Read more
In February, MCNC announced continued growth and commitment to ensuring high-speed connections on NCREN meet the highest levels of security. Today, MCNC now offers a full range of advanced cybersecurity solutions. Read more
MCNC announced in August the expansion of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) in southeast North Carolina by connecting communities between Sanford and Farmville in Greene, Harnett, Johnston, and Wayne counties to infrastructure enabled by the Golden LEAF Foundation. The $1.3 million contribution from Golden LEAF supports MCNC’s ongoing mission to provide rural connectivity and accelerate high-speed broadband for agricultural partners and local communities. Read more